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Harry used to be really good at Snake on the Nokia 5110. Apparently though, digital snake wrangling isn't a proper job, so now he writes words about games instead.

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How mobile gaming might change in the next six months of 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on July 18th, 2018

We've already had a look at the ways we've seen mobile gaming change in the first six months of 2018, so now it's time to have a look forward, into our digital crystal balls, and ponder what we'd like to see more of in the next six months of the year. After all, that's the sort of thing we love to do here at 148Apps.

These are suggestions rather than predictions, but if they happen to accidentally become accurate predictions, then we're going to be just as happy as everyone else. Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, stick them in the comments section all the way down at the bottom of the article. Before you do though, let's get on with our list.

The best games for iPhone - The definitive 148 Apps list [Updated July 17th]

Posted by Harry Slater on July 17th, 2018

Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.

You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!

Everything you need to know to win in Waves for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on July 17th, 2018

Waves iOS guide screenshot - A flip through a cloud

Waves is sort of like an over-the-shoulder version of Tiny Wings. Although it manages to be much simpler than Tiny Wings, which is really saying something. Or, at least, it's simpler in its execution. That doesn't mean there aren't hints and tips that, once you've learned them, are going to ensure that you're getting the best scores you possibly can.

And that's where this article comes in. We've spent a good few hours bouncing along on the watery, occasionally fiery, levels in Waves, and we've written down everything we know about the game in five succinct points. Once you've scoured this article, you're going to be hitting the heights in no time flat. That's the 148Apps guarantee.

This week's game of the week award goes to the brilliant football strategy sim New Star Soccer Manager

Posted by Harry Slater on July 17th, 2018

Every week here at 148Apps we award a game with the title of game of the week. We might pick the five games you can choose from, but it's up to you which of them walks away with the title. And this week it's been a pretty darn close-run thing. But we've worked out the numbers, and can now reveal the winner.

And that winner is the addictive, brilliant, and painfully moreish New Star Soccer Manager from New Star Games. I'd say I was surprised, but to be honest it's one of the best games I've played on my iPhone for a good long while.

Everything you need to know to win in Block Balls for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on July 16th, 2018

Block Balls iOS guide screenshot - Going for a big score

Block Balls is another in Voodoo's massive line-up of horribly simple, horribly addictive arcade games. It's all about smashing blocks with a cannon, a bit like a mix between Angry Birds and a Zerg rush. And while it's easy enough to pick up and play, you're going to find a decent level of challenge the deeper you get into the game.

And that's where we come in. We've put a good few hours into the game and come up with some hints and tips that we think are going to help you get the best scores, the best breaks, and have the most fun. So without further ado, let's get into the tricks that are going to see you destroying all the blocks in the cosmos.

Fortnite, PUBG, and Shadowgun Legends - What have been the big changes in mobile gaming in the first half of 2018?

Posted by Harry Slater on July 16th, 2018

This month, we're looking back at the first half of 2018, looking at the good, the bad, and everything in between. In this piece we're having a think about the big changes that have happened in mobile gaming over the past six months, and what they might mean for mobile gamers moving forwards.

It's our job to keep an eye on the trends, new ideas, and new concepts that are happening in mobile, and we've had a good long think and decided that these five were the biggest changes in 2018. If you've spotted any that you think are worth mentining, then make sure you toss them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Everything you need to know to win in Bricks n Balls for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on July 13th, 2018

Bricks n Balls logo

Bricks n Balls is one of those games that might feel like you're not in control. But that's not the case, there's plenty you can do here to get an edge and watch your scores soar through the stratosphere. It's going to take a lot of practice though.

Or, you're going to have to ask someone who's already put a lot of time into the game. Which is good, because we have put a lot of time into the game, and now we're going share our secrets with you to make sure you're playing the best game of Bricks n Balls that you can.

It's time to choose which of these 5 mobile games is going to be the 148Apps game of the week - July 12th

Posted by Harry Slater on July 12th, 2018

148 Apps logo

Well, it's Thursday again. Time moves pretty fast, right? Or slow. Whatever time does, Thursday is when we announce which 5 iOS games are up for our game of the week award. And I tell you what, we've got some right crackers for you this week.

If you want to get involved, leave a comment at the bottom of the article, post on our Facebook page, or send out a tweet using the hashtag #148GOW. It really couldn't be simpler. We'll be announcing the winner next week, so make sure you keep your eyes on 148Apps to see if the game you backed has won.

Dead Island: Survivors from Fish Labs and Deep Silver wins last week's game of the week award

Posted by Harry Slater on July 10th, 2018

It was a close fought thing, but we've double checked all of our sums, and we can now confirm that the winner of the second 148Apps game of the week award is Dead Island: Survivors. A bloody good show, if you'll pardon the pun.

But what was it that pushed this tale of undead hooligans, flesh eating monsters, and bat-wielding heroes to the front of the queue? Well, apart from all of those things, we reckon Dead Island: Survivors got one thing spot on.

The 10 things that have defined the first 10 years of the App Store

Posted by Harry Slater on July 10th, 2018

Can you believe it? The App Store turns ten years old today. Ten years of amazing apps, games, and experiences. There's a collective tear in our eye here at 148Apps. Our little App Store, all grown up and getting ready to head out to big school next year.

So we thought it was high time to look back at the past decade and see how much has changed in the world of mobile gaming, and how far we've all come since the App Store's inception back in 2008. Lordy, that was a long time ago. If you've got your own suggestions about how the ravages of time have deformed us all, stick them in the comments at the bottom of the article.

How Shadowgun Legends became the must-play mobile shooter in the first half of 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on July 9th, 2018

So far, 2018 has been a pretty great year for mobile gaming. And, depending on how you look at things, you could say it's been the best year for shooters since the App Store first popped into existence. A lot of the plaudits for that have to go to one place - Shadowgun Legends.

It might not be the most original game in the world, but it took an idea, made it work in the palm of your hand, and then ran with it. It's a gorgeous-looking, slick-playing blast that's still thriving even now. So we thought it was high time to have another look at Madfinger's glorious sci-fi experience, and explain why it worked so well.

Everything you need to know to win in Twenty48 Solitaire for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on July 7th, 2018

Twenty48 Solitaire iOS guide screenshot - A close up of the cards

Twenty48 Solitaire takes parts of two of the most popular mobile games, and squishes them together to create a surprisingly addictive experience. Honestly, it's the sort of game that you're going to pick up for five minutes, only to glance up at the clock and see that you've been playing for 40 years.

But while it might seem random, there are actually some tricks you can perform to get even better scores. And since it feels like we've already put about 40 years into the game, it seemed sensible to write them down so you don't have to. If you've got your own suggestions, feel free to chuck them in the comments at the bottom of the article.

What mobile games are we looking forward to in the second half of 2018? - Harry's picks

Posted by Harry Slater on July 6th, 2018

Brawl Stars artwork

Today we're going to have a look at some of the games that I think are going to make waves on mobile over the next six months of the year. Some of them are soft-launched, some of them are just announced, and some of them aren't even that.

We've got tie-in games, new experiences, and something new from the developer of one of the best known games on the App Store. We'll have a few more pieces in the series in the coming weeks too, so make sure you check back to 148Apps regularly to find out exactly what we think you should be excited about in the second half of 2018.

Which of these is the best game that came out for iPhone and iPad this week? - July 5th

Posted by Harry Slater on July 5th, 2018

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It's that time of the week again, when we pick the five most interesting games that have come out on the App Store over the past seven days, and give you the chance to pick your favorite. And we reckon it's a pretty good crop this week, all told.

If you want to have your say, then there are a few ways to do it. You can comment at the bottom of the article, send us a tweet @148Apps using the hashtag #148GOW with your vote, or head on over to our Facebook page and post a comment. All the votes will be counted up on Monday, and we'll announce the winner next Tuesday.

Everything you need to know to win in Snake vs Block's multiplayer mode

Posted by Harry Slater on July 5th, 2018

Snake vs Block might not be the most difficult game to pick up and play, but if you want to succeed in its multiplayer, you're going to need to learn some skills. But don't worry too much, because we've put a good few hours into the game, so we know exactly which skills you're going to need.

And the good thing is that plenty of these tricks and tips are going to help you in the single player game too. Essentially you're getting two loads of help for a single click. Don't you dare say we're not good to you. Oh, and if you've got your own hints to share, make sure you stick them in the comments at the bottom of the article.